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How To Start Lifting!

An Easy Guide To Begin Your Fitness Journey

Posted by BenMudge - September 9th, 2015

My Journey From Being A Noob To Natural Bodybuilder Image title

Everyone has to start somewhere when it comes to lifting. I started in my garage with a multi-gym set that went up to 40kg (90lbs). I Remember trying to bench the entire stack when we first got it on Christmas 2006 (I was 16 at the time), and I failed.

I trained in my garage with my friends almost every night, because the girls used to like touching my muscles when I had finished. I started by following the instruction poster that came with the gym set and kept working at it every day. I can honestly admit that I had no idea what I was doing, all I knew was that I wanted to be bigger and stronger.

From here my friend and I joined a university gym down the road, which we went to occasionally, when we could be bothered. I still remember the first induction we had with a trainer there. We both limped down the stairs with wobbly knees.

I trained in this gym for the next two years. I would like to add that I never did any back training and had no muscle gain split to follow. I would use programs I found on the internet or magazines that I bought, and would use them for my workouts.

I then progressed from the university gym to my first commercial gym. I moved due to the fact that after I earned my fitness instructor and personal training qualifications, I got a job.

My Life Today

Let's skip forward five years to today! I am a successful personal trainer here in Northern Ireland, and I am due to compete for the 5th time on stage, this time in Classic bodybuilding (which means it's time to get my legs out).

Now, I want to help you make the most of your first year of training and ensure that you do not make the same mistakes I did.

Top Tips:

  • Find a training split and stick to it
  • Hire a personal trainer
  • Research, Research, Research!
  • Spend your money on food not supplements
  • Get a training log book
  • Take pictures and measurements

Let's look at why these tips are going to help you get started with your fitness journey.

Find A Training Split & Stick To It

This is a simple one but I see so many people failing to do it! Go to a website, get a fitness magazine, or better yet, create one yourself! Keep it simple. I would suggest training 4-5 times a week to get started and do either a push, pull, legs split or Upper body, lower body split. Stick to it for 6-8 weeks, and then change it up.

Hire A Personal Trainer

Now this one is a scary one for most people starting out. Trust me, I know! This is probably the best tip I can give you as you will learn a lot (hopefully, depending on the PT) in the shortest amount of time. I like to educate my clients rather than dominate them. If you have someone you look up to, maybe contact them. If you are a natural lifter (no performance enhancing drugs), try to stay away from the people who are involved in PED’s as they may (though hopefully not) try to get you on them. Stay NATURAL!!! You can achieve the physique you want if you work HARD!

Research, Research, Research

If you are going to hire a personal trainer, buy or begin a program, research it as much as you can first. Speak to some of the personal trainer's clients. Sometimes just looking at them will tell you if they are a good trainer or not. Read up on the person you are about to buy into! In terms of programs, simply make sure your gym is equipped for the sessions it has laid out for you, and that it is realistic for you in terms of commitment and your experience. K.I.S.S – Keep It Simple Stupid!

Spend Your Money On Food Not Supplements

I am speaking to you as a sponsored athlete here! Do not spend all your money on supplements! The definition of the word supplement is: “a thing added to something else in order to complete or enhance it.”

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The “something” in this case is a well rounded nutrition plan which is targeted towards your needs and goals. Again, this is something I recommend you maybe look at when you are starting out to ensure you are getting the best results.  Get someone who is clued up on nutrition to sort you with a solid plan. This step will take you a long way.

Get A Training Log Book

This is another aspect of training that I see a lot of people overlooking. It may be a pain in the ass at the start having to take the time to write everything down, but it will ensure that you are progressing.  A great tip is to make sure you beat your previous performance every time you hit the gym. Plus, it is always great to look back and see how far you have progressed.

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Take Pictures & Measurements

This is again a HUGE one! Sometimes progress will seem to halt, but it is most likely just the fact that you are staring at yourself everyday and not noticing the small improvements. Try to take a photo every week at the same time on the same day, in the same lighting, and in the same pose. Then compare the weeks as you go. You will be surprised at the small differences. This applies to the measurements as well, make sure you take them at the same time every week to ensure accuracy.  

 So there you have it guys and girls, some simple yet effective tips to help you out when you first start your fitness journey. Use them wisely, and get out there and make some gains!

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Just joined MS and getting as much as I can absorb. Making a binder now for training logs. Really appreciate these articles for all the advice and help they offer.


Very nice!


Logging your training and taking pictures is so essential to make sure you are progressing!


This is a super articlea bout weight lifting because I am just starting!

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Thank you man. I have also made a video for how to bring up lagging body parts on my youtube channel


this is an awesome article, thanks for sharing this with us :)

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Thank you very much mate! Glad you liked it. I like to keep things simple. 


I can't help it - i HAVE to say this - best way to start lifting.. "you pick up the heavy thing, .... and then you put the heavy thing back down, ... then you repeat!" lolol okay-okay i am done ;) Good read. Lots known stuff, but always good to warm it up again, some good tips need to be repeated over and over so people understand =)

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Pick stuff up put it down grow!!! Glad you liked it


This was a really interesting read and a lot of these tips are often overlooked by many people, especially when they are first starting out. Keep the words of wisdom coming bro!


Great tips @benmudge! Always important to get on the right track from the beginning!


Lots of great Tips Ben!  It's all about structure!  Excellent!

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Thanks Scott I agree! Keep it simple and get those gainzzz


awesome article Ben! Keep them coming! More articles for beginners :)

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I have just written another on how to bring up lagging bodyparts. I also have a youtube video to go along with it incase you want to listen instead